Saturday Snapshot – August 13


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This is Nikki, a nine or ten year old Westie.  Several weeks ago the person Nikki lived with passed away and Nikki was sent to a shelter. You can imagine what was in store for her.  The Westie Rescue came to her rescue and she ended up in northern New England where my daughter adopted her.  She came all the way from Kansas but Nikki is quickly becoming used to living near the Maine shore.

She even has her own life jacket 🙂

How To Love An American Man: A True Story by Kristine Gasbarre

Title:  How To Love An American Man

Author:  Kristine Gasbarre

Genre:  Memoir

About: (from the LibraryThing description) After dating driven, self-absorbed men in New York, Krissy Gasbarre relocates to Italy to be near her new English beau and to research the roots of her lovably alpha-male, Italian-American grandpa. But just weeks into her European adventure, the Brit takes a job in the Middle East…and her grandpa, who’s been an indelible force in her life, passes away.

For the first time in a decade, Krissy moves back to her Pennsylvania hometown to mourn her grandpa’s death and help her close-knit, festive family care for her refined (but notoriously non-maternal) grandmother. That’s when Grandma Gloria reveals the untold story of her 60-year marriage and the love lessons that made her relationship so much more successful than the ones her granddaughter’s known.

My thoughts:  I absolutely enjoyed this entertaining memoir. Kristine Gasbarre’s story about the lessons learned from her Grandmother is also a candid look at the frustrations of unrequited love and how to find the real thing. And then recognize it when you see it.

I think many readers will be able to relate to Gasbarre’s memoir.  How To Love An American Man reads like a novel. Once I started reading I found it hard to stop. I hope there will be a sequel!


Source:  Publisher via LibraryThing Early Reviewers

Mailbox Monday – August 8



Hosted in August at Life In The Thumb

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I was the lucky winner of Malena Lott‘s Life’s A Beach giveaway! She also sent an insulated beach tote, sunglasses and beach towel. Thank you, Malena.

Promises To Keep by Jane Green

The Stormchasers by Jenna Blum

My Fair Lazy by Jen Lancaster

Dating da Vinci by Malena Lott

Pie Town by Lynne Hinton

The Social Climber’s Handbook by Molly Jong-Fast

Witches of East End by Melissa de la Cruz

Graveminder by Melissa Marr

What was in your mailbox?

Anyone know?

I signed up for the War & Peace read-along – the one that lasts the entire year. So, I’m up to date with my reading – at page 800 in the edition I’m reading.  I thought I’d check in with the group and when I clicked the link I landed on a page that said the blog had been deleted by the owner.

Does anyone know what happened? Did the blog move? I hope Jillian is ok. I understand if she got too busy to keep up – she’s a busy student. I’m just curious.  I’ll keep reading to the end – it’s a chapter each day so it’s not hard to keep going.

Are you reading W&P with this group?


UPDATE: Thanks to Kaye I tracked down the W&P read along blog!

Spotlight and Giveaway: ONLY TIME WILL TELL by Jeffrey Archer

From the internationally bestselling author of Kane and Abel and A Prisoner of Birth comes Only Time Will Tell, the first in an ambitious new series that tells the story of one family across generations, across oceans, from heartbreak to triumph.

The epic tale of Harry Clifton’s life begins in 1920, with the words “I was told that my father was killed in the war.” A dock worker in Bristol, Harry never knew his father, but he learns about life on the docks from his uncle, who expects Harry to join him at the shipyard once he’s left school. But then an unexpected gift wins him a scholarship to an exclusive boys’ school, and his life will never be the same again.

As he enters into adulthood, Harry finally learns how his father really died, but the awful truth only leads him to question, was he even his father? Is he the son of Arthur Clifton, a stevedore who spent his whole life on the docks, or the firstborn son of a scion of West Country society, whose family owns a shipping line?

This introductory novel in Archer’s ambitious series The Clifton Chronicles includes a cast of colorful characters and takes us from the ravages of the Great War to the outbreak of the Second World War, when Harry must decide whether to take up a place at Oxford or join the navy and go to war with Hitler’s Germany. From the docks of working-class England to the bustling streets of 1940 New York City, Only Time Will Tell takes readers on a journey through to future volumes, which will bring to life one hundred years of recent history to reveal a family story that neither the reader nor Harry Clifton himself could ever have imagined.


Jeffrey Archer was educated at Oxford University. He has served five years in Britain’s House of Commons and fourteen years in the House of Lords. All of his novels and short story collections–includingAnd Thereby Hangs a Tale, Kane and Abel, Paths of Glory and False Impression–have been international bestselling books. Archer is married with two sons and lives in London and Cambridge.

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